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Ep. #186: What does Gannett-GateHouse merger mean for consumers and journalists?

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Ep. #186: What does Gannett-GateHouse merger mean for consumers and journalists?
Earlier this month the news and newspaper industry was rocked by the headlines that Gannett and GateHouse would be joining forces in a merger of epic proportions. The $1.4 billion deal clears way for what New Media CEO Mike Reed says will be better, stronger journalism. That said, not everyone takes the merger as a sign of 'good times'. Rather, some view more merger prospects as a net-negative for news products across the board, and those who work in the industry. This week on Inside the FLX - the topic of mergers in media, and the future journalists face.  Guests in-studio included Professor Steven Keeler, Director of the School of Media and Arts at Cayuga Community College; Ted Baker, Program Director and Host of Finger Lakes Morning News on Finger Lakes News Radio; and Jim Meaney, Founder and Reporter for the Citizen Journalism outlet Geneva Believer. 
August 30, 2019
Ep. #185: Scott Johnson for Sodus Town Supervisor
Scott Johnson is running for Town Supervisor in Sodus. The lifelong resident and businessman says he's working to bring positive changes to Sodus and Wayne County. Among motivating factors for his candidacy was the flooding along Lake Ontario, New York's lackluster efforts to address this, and a desire to improve community assets and improve Sodus' position in Wayne County as a whole. Johnson says there is a lot to be optimistic about, and this week he was in-studio discussing the things he wants to see continue moving forward in 2020 if elected this fall.
August 22, 2019
Ep. #184: Running for Transparency in Local Government
Randy Walker is not new to politics. He's served on the local school board, which was an important experience for him; and also served on the Richmond Town Board for several years recently. Now though, he sets his sights on the job of Town Supervisor. As he runs, the focus of his campaign is on long-term planning and spending. He says it's something that the Town Board has lacked; and now the State Comptroller's Office has weighed in, giving guidance on how much should be spent, and how much should be saved. Walker discusses his philosophy of governing, as well as politics in a small community that is driven by a shrinking population. He also discusses the plentiful natural resources that the Town possesses; and the unique opportunity to drive an expansion in the area of recreation. 
August 9, 2019
Ep. #183: Communication is Important
David Hayes attributes his desire for openness and communication as primary drivers for his candidacy. Hayes is a Republican, and defeated incumbent David Kaiser in June's primary contest. Both will appear on the ballot in November, but Hayes was in-studio this week discussing his run for office, the things that inspired it, and how he believes incremental change is necessary to create a strong community. Even as issues like the proposed Circular enerG incinerator, and ongoing lake-health issues persist -- he looks ahead at responsible governing, as a way to drive Romulus and Seneca County into the future.
July 31, 2019
Ep. #182: The Future of the Classroom, Part II
Change is coming in public schools. From year-to-year the change is slow, perhaps unnoticeable to some. That change weighed over a longer period of time - perhaps 5 or 10 years - is another story. The degree to which classrooms have evolved in the last decade prompted Part I of this Inside the FLX special called "The Future of the Classroom." This week, we look beyond the classroom - at the programs, which are shaping the way students learn.
June 26, 2019
Ep. #182: The Future of the Classroom, Part I
What does the future of learning in public schools look like? Well, a number of teachers and administrators in local districts are evaluating this very question. "The Future of the Classroom" is a two part series dedicated to answering the question, based on the countless interviews conducted in the Studio on the subject.  This week, we hear from the following stakeholders and leaders: Bob McKeveney, Outgoing Seneca Falls CSD Superintendent; Jeramy Clingerman, Incoming Seneca Falls CSD Superintendent; Stephen Zielinski, South Seneca CSD Superintendent; Jim Bruni, Administrator of Business & Operations at SFCSD; Amy Hibbard, Prinicpal at Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School; and Jodie Very, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Professional Development at SFCSD. We walk through their perspective on public schools with a focus on those in rural parts of the region. Listen to the podcast below, or follow it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or the App.
June 19, 2019
Episode #181: How do we get more foster parents in the Finger Lakes?
Building numbers in the foster care community is a challenge. May was Foster Care Awareness Month, and advocates throughout the region spent it working to raise awareness about the realities of foster care. It's difficult work. But families that take on the effort gain something that few others are able to accomplish. This hour is a panel discussion about the topic, and what advocacy looks like in the Finger Lakes.
June 6, 2019
Episode #180: Impact of the New York Wine Industry Association on Regulation & Local Business
It’s fair to say that the Finger Lakes Region benefits from a stable, advancing wine industry.  That’s exactly what the New York Wine Industry Association is aiming to accomplish.  The not for profit advocates for stability and advancement of the wine industry in New York through advocacy and public education. It’s the only association of wine and grape professionals across the state, which focuses on informing, promoting, representing and defending the diverse interests of New York’s wine industry. 
May 30, 2019
Episode #179: Library expansion celebrated in Ovid
Earlier this month the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library celebrated a landmark occasion - holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for a multi-million dollar expansion. It was a big moment for a library, which serves as a hub for learning, community building, and much more. Shannon O'Connor, Library Director for the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library is in-studio with Luke Hodde, IT Specialist - to discuss that and much more. 
May 23, 2019
Episode #178: Reaching Rural Vets in Upstate New York, Part II
In the second part of this discussion - Dr. Marek Kopacz and Kelly Mohrman, of the VA Health System look at 'moral injury'. What does it mean to suffer a moral injury? How is it identified? What are researchers learning about it - that perhaps wasn't known a decade or two ago? Those are just a few of the questions answered in the second half of this episode. 
May 18, 2019
Episode #178: Reaching Rural Vets in Upstate New York, Part I
The United States Department of Veteran Affairs, or VA, tracks a lot of data. It's a massive entity, serving over 18 million across the country. With sprawling services available - providing access to anyone would be challenging. That said, providing services to those in rural communities, which the VA estimates is somewhere around 4.7 million vets, is an even bigger challenge. Vets choose to live in rural communities for a variety of reasons. However, providing services in those communities is still vital. This week, Dr. Marek Kopacz and Kelly Mohrman of the VA Health System are in-studio discussing the work being done in form of outreach; and research to better serve vets across the board.
May 16, 2019
Episode #177: Discussing Entrepreneurship as YEA! Program grows in the Finger Lakes
Student engagement isn't easy - but with a relatively new program, which has seen incredible results within the Finger Lakes - students are learning skills that ready them for the business world locally- and beyond. This week on Inside the FLX, LaToya Collins, YEA! Program Manager; Michael Zellers, a senior at Mynderse Academy; and Megan Marley, a freshman at Mynderse Academy are in-studio talking about the program, their experiences, and so much more. 
April 30, 2019
Discussing Taste of Spring Coming to del Lago in Seneca County
Spring is here.  We know this because the United Way of Seneca County is gearing up for their annual 'Taste of Spring' event, which will be taking place Thursday, May 9th at del Lago Resort & Casino from 5:30 - 8 p.m. While the event is a sure sign of spring - it reinforces the importance of local partnership provided by the United Way. The United Way of Seneca County invests funds in programs that demonstrate measurable results for people who need help and to help improve the community as a whole. Rhonda Jasper, Executive Director of the United Way; and Tammy Orlopp, Prevention and Treatment Program Director for Seneca County were in-studio discussing partnership, previewing the Taste of Spring, and much more.
April 27, 2019
Discussing the NYS budget with Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate
New York State has adopted a $175.5 billion budget. What does that mean for Upstate New York? Well, it has serious implications - as noted by Unshackle Upstate. Unshackle Upstate advocates on behalf of businesses and trade organizations in Upstate New York who are working to create a better, more-favorable environment for development. Michael Kracker, Director of Unshackle Upstate was in-studio discussing the ways his organization are working to correct what the fiscal 2020 budget has created.
April 17, 2019
Discussing the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System
What do you know about the VA Health System? If you're like a lot of people - particularly not in the VA community - the answer might be not much. That said, there's a lot to know about the services provided at local VA clinics. Particularly, those in the Finger Lakes, which are providing unmatched services to those who have given a great deal to the United States. In this conversation, we explore the services being provided by the VA health system, how those services are evolving, and how they're working to build community. Brian Westlake and Sarah Levis join us from the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System for this week's episode of Inside the FLX.
April 10, 2019
Discussing Rural Development and Services with the USDA
Representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture were in-studio to discuss rural initiatives, and the volume of funding that's available for projects in rural communities. Whether it's funding an ambulance, hospital expansion, firehouse, town hall project, or many others - the USDA's Rural Development team works hard to bring that information to local leaders. Jim Walfrand, a Community Specialist and Area Director for the USDA’s Western New York Region; and Richard Mayfield, New York’s USDA Rural Development Director joins us to discuss rural development.  
April 3, 2019
John Nabinger discusses campaign for Seneca County District Attorney .::. Inside the FLX 3/28/19
John Nabinger calls on his experience, as he campaigns to be elected District Attorney in Seneca County. We caught up with Nabinger to discuss the issues, as well as the challenges of running an office in rural Upstate New York.
March 25, 2019
Previewing the Traveling Little Black Dress Fashion Show (Around the Lakes Special)
In just a few weeks one of Seneca County's biggest fundraisers will take place in Seneca Falls. The Traveling Little Black Dress Fashion Show will arrive on April 4th and 5th in Seneca Falls, which will be a culmination of community-wide effort to make it a reality.  Learn all about it as two organizers sit down in the Studio to discuss how such an incredible event has come together for seven consecutive years.
March 20, 2019
Fingerlakes Beard Bros .::. Around the Lakes Special
The Fingerlakes Beard Bros have a simple philosophy: Provide the best products - for guys in the Finger Lakes to make the most of their beards. Dustin Bovard and William Hanvey set out on this journey a relatively short time ago. The duo have navigated an emerging marketplace that's dominated by some big brands. Their products are already available in select retail environments - but most of their sales come online at this point. Bovard said the reception from the community has been incredible thus far. "It's been really overwhelming - in a good way," Bovard explained during a chat inside the Studio. "The community - friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers - are buying into our products because they're affordable and high-quality."
March 17, 2019
Discussing the impact of The Fatherhood Connection .::. Inside the FLX 3/14/19
One of the easiest and fastest ways to improve the community is through family. The Fatherhood Connection, founded by Reggie Cox, has spent years connecting fathers with the skills they need to be proactive, strong parents in a variety of environments. Reggie says that the basis for the faith-based effort is 'availability'. Being available, as he proudly said during a recent appearance on Inside the FLX, has a profound impact, and makes a big difference on that child's life. He says the research backs it up, too. The aim of the Fatherhood Connection is to help fathers become the parental figures their children need them to be. Reggie Cox was joined by Tracy VanVleck, Commissioner of Human Services; and Don Black, a mentor within the program, who has been an advocate for The Fatherhood Connection, who helped bring it to Seneca County.
March 12, 2019
Discussing classroom technology, inclusion, and benefits of modern approach to education .::. Inside the FLX 3/7/19
There's no doubt that technology plays a big role in life, but what about education? While some districts have developed rules to push back against technology - particularly social media - others have embraced it. This week Josh Durso sat down with three administrators from the Seneca Falls Central School District to examine the role of technology in a classroom, and how that's developing a more prepared student base, as they enter college or the workforce. Jim Bruni, Administrator of Business and Operations; Jodie Verkey, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Development; and Amy Hibbard, Principal at Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School joined Josh Durso to guide a conversation on the topic.
March 6, 2019
Christopher Folk Talks Campaign for Seneca County District Attorney .::. Inside the FLX 2/28/19
Christopher Folk says his unique experiences make him the ideal candidate for Seneca County District Attorney. With background in the tech space, plenty of management experience, and time spent in local courts as Waterloo Town Judge - Folk believes one of the keys to being a strong District Attorney is understanding how to grow and become better in the position. That means finding efficiencies within the office, developing better procedures, and of course, prosecuting cases. The local attorney from Waterloo was in-studio this week discussing his platform, looking ahead to a primary, which will be held on June 26th. This is part of Inside the FLX's Election Preview series. Over the next several months the FL1 News Team will be sitting down with candidates for office, discussing issues, their platforms, and what's at stake for voters. Questions for candidates, comments about coverage, and potential guests can reach the program by emailing
February 28, 2019
Discussing rural services & United Way .::. Inside the FLX
Food scarcity, transportation, affordable housing, and jobs. Those four items play a big role in the actions of the United Way of Seneca County. The agency acts as a facilitator for a number of other agencies that do real good in the community; and the work being done by the United Way is important. Rhonda Jasper, Executive Director joins Josh Durso on Inside the FLX to discuss all of these issues and so much more.
February 20, 2019
Discussing head injuries, high school sports & more .::. Inside the FLX 2/21/19
The State of New Jersey recently made headlines when the state's high school sports governing body announced major changes to the way football would be handled moving forward. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association passed a bill that reduces in-season full-contact limits from 90 minutes per week to 15 minutes and preseason full-contact hours from unlimited to six. "The image of the 'rub some dirt on it' football coach is really one of the past," said Chuck Klaus, former president and current board member of the NJSIAA executive committee. "They want their kids to succeed, they want them to do well, but ultimately they want them healthy and safe." Reaction has been swift across the country on this issue. While some believe that it's in the best interest of student athletes - others believe its weakening those students. We've attached some reaction to the bill's passage at the bottom of this story. This week sat down with Dr. Robert Anderson, of Finger Lakes Health. He's an expert on concussions, and had a lot to say about the changes in sports like football, but also about the changes coming in the medical community - as concussions become better understood.
February 19, 2019
Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson .::. Inside the FLX 2/14/19
When Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson succeeded longtime Sheriff Philip Povero, the focus was on transitioning smoothly.  Now, more than 50 days after taking office - Sheriff Henderson is establishing himself as a leader, not only locally, but in the region. This week he joined FL1 News Intern Reporter Gabriel Pietrorazio in the Studio to get an update, and to discuss some proposed measures at the state-level that could have an impact on policing locally.
February 14, 2019
Discussing rural mental health & substance use disorders .::. Inside the FLX 2/8/19
In 2018, the CDC produced new, shocking data that showed a 30 percent increase in suicide rates over the last two decades. That increase prompted a lot of discussion, dialogue, and ideas about what could be done differently to improve mental health treatment, services available, and remove stigma. Those efforts are now being realized in a number of unique, exciting ways in Seneca County. Director of Community Services Margaret Morse joins Josh Durso on Inside the FLX to discuss the world of mental health, substance abuse, and much more. Check out more episodes, as well as the video versions of them by visiting 
February 8, 2019
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